***If you are interested in taking this module for 2018/19 please note that many of the texts on the current programme will CHANGE. Please click here for a draft outline of the module aims and texts for the next academic year (but be aware these won't be confirmed until after the exams, so avoid buying any specifically, for the moment). Any enquires should be directed to Dr Jen Baker J.Baker.firstname.lastname@example.org
The information below is for the * 2017-18* syllabus
This is a Pathway Approved Option for the English Pathway and one of the Distributional Requirement options for the Theory, World and North American Pathways.
Course convenor and tutor:
Dr Jen Baker (H518)
Office hours Mon 3-4pm, Thurs 3-4pm.
Download the week by week syllabus here (please note this has been updated in week 3)
* Please note that seminars start in Week One *
Objectives and Outline Syllabus:
This module aims to explore the form of the novel and the ways in which it develops in the particular context of nineteenth-century Britain, responding to rapid social change - and the possibility of revolution - and the correspondingly shifting understandings of class, gender, sexuality, nation and culture. We shall focus particularly on taxonomizing and defamiliarizing the genre of the novel, and in particular the "social novel": a form that sought to at once entertain, enlighten, and convince its readers. Novelists studied will include Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and Oscar Wilde.
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
- Two x 2,500-word essays (topics in document on right-hand side of page)
- 2 hour examination.
Deadlines will confirmed on your personal tabula, but note please that the first essay will be due in week ten of the first term; students should make their plans accordingly.
If you are an exchange student and studying for the full year, then your assessment requirements are as detailed above. If you are an exchange student studying this module for one term only, then you are required to submit a 3,000 word essay on the last Tuesday of the term you complete.
Information on the submission of essays can be found here.
Information on referencing here
The marking criteria
You will be placed in one of the following groups
Group 1 Tuesday 11.00 - 12.30,
Group 2 Thursday 11.00 - 12.30
Group 3 Thursday 16.00 - 17.30.
Specified Tuesday's 5-6pm
Week 5 – Dialogues Between Image and Text
Week 7 – Science & Literature
Term 2: (S0.21)
Below I am specifying the editions I will be using: I strongly recommend those editions because of the quality of editing and accompanying critical materials in that edition, and it keeps the class flowing if we are all on “the same page”. However, I appreciate that many of you may already own or have purchased some of the texts/different editions, or for reasons of economy will prefer a cheaper edition. If so, please be ready with page numbers of chapters, your chosen quotes, etc, to help find corresponding pages quickly.
Maria Edgeworth, Castle Rackrent (Oxford World Classics, 2008)
Jane Austen, Persuasion (Oxford World Classics, 2008)
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (Oxford World Classics, 2008)
Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend (Oxford World Classics, 2008)
Anthony Trollope, Cousin Henry (Oxford World Classics, 2008)
Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd (Vintage, 2015)
George Eliot, Daniel Deronda (Oxford World Classics, 2008)
Charlotte Brontë, Villette (Oxford World Classics, 2008)
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oxford World Classics, 2006 or 2008)
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1874) – any unabridged edition
Henry James, What Maisie Knew (Oxford World Classics, 2008 or 2009)
H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds (Oxford World Classics, 2017)
The reading load for this module is comparatively heavy, as many of the novels, while very rewarding, are also very long. It is therefore a REQUIREMENT of taking this course that you read at least two course novels during the summer vacation. Given the structure of the Warwick term, I would strongly, strongly suggest reading more.
If you would like to undertake some secondary reading, useful starting-points would be:
Deirdre David, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel (2001)
Francis O'Gorman, ed. A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel (2005)
Raymond Williams, The Country and the City (1973)
WEEKLY SUPPLEMENTARY READING (now on right-hand side)
Ford Madox Brown, "Work"
WEEKLY DISCUSSION POINTS & SUPP. READING (term 2)
Week 1 Pre-assigned critical essays on Far From the Madding Crowd:
• Hardy ‘The Dorset Farmer’ and Babb on Setting and Theme
• Friedman and Casagrande on Bathsheba
• Miller on Point of View, and Morrell on Romance vs Realism:
Weeks 4 and 5
Discussion points for Villette
Discussion points for Alice
WEEKLY READING (term 1)
- (to complement term 1 reading)
Peter Garside, 'The Early C19th English Novel, 1820-1836'
William McKelvy, 'New Histories of English Literature and the Rise of the Novel, 1835-1859'
Rebecca Edwards Newman, 'Genre, Criticism, and the Early Victorian Novel'
All three of the above are collected together here
- Week 2 Primary Reading
- Week 3 (Edgeworth)
John Bowen, 'The Historical Novel'
- Week 4 (Austen)
Jane Austen, 'Plan of a Novel' (1816)
George Eliot, 'Silly Novels by Silly Lady Novelists' (1856)
- Week 5 (Gaskell)
Extract from Marx and Engels' The German Ideology (1846) Caroline Levine, 'Victorian Realism' (not the Dames article)
- Weeks 7 and 8 (Dickens)
Discussion points (7&8)
Various primary sources on the River Thames
Extracts from Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' (1859)
- Week 9 (Trollope)
Mona Caird, 'Marriage' (1888)
- Week 10 (The Short Story)
'The British Short Story', The Bookman (1899)
Paul March-Russell, 'The Short Story in England'
Subsidiary links for some first essay topic texts:
Sample 1st-class Essays:
Mapping the Mind:
C19th Literary Topographies
Dialogues Between Image and Text
Science & Literature
The Haunted Novel
Devils and Dolls: The Victorian Child
Michael Meeuwis on writing on novels
Andrea Selleri on Oscar Wilde
Michael Meeuwis on Realism and Records
Maria Cohut on The War of the Worlds
Space and Gender lecture
Lectures from previous years:
Nation and Narration lecture